Coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted it was disappointing for Simona Halep to lose a Wimbledon semifinal but gave credit to Elena Rybakina as he felt the Kazakh played a "near-perfect match." Halep, 30, entered the match versus Rybakina as the favorite but the 23-year-old delivered a big performance to clinch a 6-3 6-3 win over the Romanian and progress into the Wimbledon final.
Rybakina, who was playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal, decided to be aggressive and go for her shots - a strategy that paid off massively for her. Rybakina was constantly pressing Halep's serve as she broke the Romanian once in the first set and three times in the second round en route to clinching a straight-set win.
"Of course, it’s always difficult to lose while being two matches away from a Grand Slam crown, but she simply didn’t have her chance against a very strong opponent who, overall, played an almost-perfect match.
But our spirit is still great. This loss doesn’t change anything in terms of the process. Simona was very tired physically and emotionally after four weeks in a row of competitive tennis. That was long. It was the end of this road and she struggled to find the resources needed to counterpunch such an opponent," Mouratoglou told Tennis Majors.
Mouratoglou: Halep needs a small break
Halep played lots of tennis during the grass season as she reached semifinals at Wimbledon, Birmingham and Bad Homburg. Now, Halep is planning to take some time off and rest before returning to action.
Next up for Halep is Washington, which starts in three weeks. During the North American hard court swing, Halep plans to play four tournaments. "The program is clear : holidays because she needs them. Then, Washington, Toronto, Cincinnati and the US Open, with one week of practice. She already trained a lot and she is in a good rhythm. Better to compete," Mouratoglou revealed.